CCSO wel­comes new ad­di­tion to K9 Unit

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

A 10-week-old blood­hound named Cop­per re­cently joined the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice’s K9 unit.

The pup is from Li­etch field, Ky., and will soon be­gin train­ing to work along­side his part­ner, Pfc. Darin Behm.

Behm, a K9 Of­fi­cer with the CCSO, said that Cop­per is a fifth gen­er­a­tion man-trail­ing blood­hound, mean­ing that he is trained specif­i­cally to fol­low cer­tain scents. Both of his par­ents are used for search and res­cue across the state of Ken­tucky as well as sur­round­ing states.

“He will be used mostly for search and res­cue ef­forts to track miss­ing per­sons,” Behm said. Cop­per will also be trained in aged and ex­tended dis­tance tracks. Cop­per’s train­ing is ex­pected to take ap­prox­i­mately five to six months.

For now, Cop­per is set­tling into life as a puppy with Behm, his wife, Laura, and their two chil­dren, Hunter, 4, who gave Cop­per his name, and Ken­ley, 1.

Cop­per’s pur­chase from Judy Braun of Blue­grass Blood­hounds in Li­etch field was made pos­si­ble through the do­nated funds of an anony­mous or­ga­ni­za­tion.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Cop­per, a 10-week old blood­hound puppy from Ken­tucky, re­cently joined the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice’s K9 unit.

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